Monday, March 14, 2016

Book Review: Sword and Verse

TITLE: Sword and Verse
Book 1 in the Sword and Verse series
AUTHOR: Kathy MacMillan
PUBLISHED: 1/19/2016
GENRE: Fantasy
PREMISE: A girl is torn between helping the people of her country and the prince she's fallen in love with.
MY REVIEW: Sadly, this one was a disappointment for me. Maybe it's my own fault. I let the buzz get to me and the premise presented in the summary makes it sound like the most epic thing ever. Unfortunately, the book does not live up to the promised epicness.
A large part of the problem is that this is presented as a fantasy book but, like so many before it, it chooses instead to focus on a boring romance instead of the fantasy part which is probably why most of us picked it up in the first place. The romance between Raisa and her prince is predictable, has been done several times before, but for some reason is about eighty percent of the focus. The result is a very dull fantasy book.
If you want a romance that just happens to be set in a very light on the fantasy, fantasy book. This book will probably be for you. But I for one, wanted a fantasy book and this one did not deliver that very much. There is a plot in it about a rebellion, but it is constantly pushed aside in favor of the romance and that got very annoying, very quickly. The fact that this world isn't very developed and the characters are predictable makes this a passable, but honestly not very original read. The author got the story done. I'll give her that. I can see some people who really like romantic fantasy liking this. It's readable. It's and ultimately a very forgettable in a book section that has dozens of books like this out already.
WHO SHOULD READ: Those looking for a romance that happens to be set in a fantasy world
MY RATING: Three out of Five could have been betters

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